The PACE Initiative (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education), launched by EDS, General Motors and Sun Microsystems, is providing advanced CAD/CAM/CAE- and PLM software to selected universities internationally. This will open up new research and teaching practical ways to technologically sophisticated level.

PACE helps the universities not only in the development of current teaching and research projects, but also strengthens the cooperation between the involved companies with the universities and the universities participating in PACE with each other.

The number of partners of the PACE program has changed in recent years. Meanwhile, PACE is supported by General Motors, Autodesk, Hewlett Packard, Siemens and Sun Oracle.

Institutes in America, Asia, Australia and Europe have been supported with hard- and software through the PACE program. For this purpose are renowned universities such as Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Missouri-Rolla, Tuskegee University, Virginia Tech, University of Toronto, Queen's University, Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Currently about 60 universities are the world's PACE initiative.